Thursday, November 19, 2009

Stamps are not only for paper

Here is my first protrait.  The first picture is the sketch before I painted it.  I see lots wrong with it; but for my first go at it I am not unhappy with  the results.  I have a long way to go but as with everything practice, practice. 

These are two journal pages I have done for one of the circle journal groups I participating in.  I have decided that I need to start using more words.  Not neccessarily to tell a story; but to convey what I am feeling.  I don't want my pages to take the viewer by the hand; I want them to interprete what they will.  But, saying that, I guess I am wanting to make them (the viewer) a bit more aware of the feelings I am having when I create them.  The essence if you will.  I hope that may since.

Side note where is spell check on this new blogger?  Grrrr Sorry moving on.

These pictures are of a dresser I did.  I used silver leafing, and stamps.  I thought it would be fun to show you other foundations that stamps can be uesed on other then paper.

The stamps I used are from the Tim Holtz collection.

I had a good time creating this dresser for a small home decor shop in my home town of Sunnyside. 

I find that sometimes we find a foundation we like such as paper and forget that there are so much more out there that we can use as our foundation.  Furniture is one.  Mirrors that you don't like the frame on.  Try some silver or gold leaf and watch as the peice is entirely transformed.

Take a look around your home see if there is something you can make new again.  Both of these pieces can be seen at Melange in Sunnyside. 

Christmas is coming, time for family and friends.  Look around your home and see what you can transform and as your family and friends come to visit they may be surprised that paper is not the only thing you can make beautiful. 

Now go create something the time is short and leaving your mark no matter how you decide is always a good thing.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Blog Award

This award was given to me by Valerie Brincheck. She is one of the most talented and giving artist out there. So having her send it my way is a wonderful surprise. The point of the award is to pass it on to 5 other fun and interesting blogs. Plus give 5 interesting facts about yourself.
Here are the 5 blogs I would like to pass it on to:
Elena - She is a dear friend of mine and her blog is always up to date with her newest creations of zetti
Sue - Her watercolor pictures of animals are just amazing. In fact thanks to her my Christmas gifts are almost done.
Pam - Though I do not know Pam personally other than through her classes I have found her blog and her willingness to help her student just a joy. Her classes have helped me more than I can say. Really like this lady
Carol - Her blog is always so full of new ideas. From her book kit's she sells to new finds and fun food. She is one of the those people that brings a smile to your face every time you visit her blog.
Stacy - This woman is a wonder. She is really to happy. Her blog is one that is full of color and just plan happy. She is the scrap booking queen who is always giving.
OK, now for the 5 facts:
1. I received my love of art and crafts from my Grandmother. She was and is a constant joy in my heart. I lost her quite a few years ago; but the impression she left with me will be with me forever. I love and miss you Grandma
2. I have absolutely no directional skills. I can and have gotten lost in a small town of less then 5000.
3. I love candy corn. Not just any candy corn but Jelly belly candy corn.
4. I have been married for 23 years.
5. If I could have super powers and live forever I would have the power of flight. OK, two super powers I really do want to live forever. How cool would it be to see all the changes this world is making and discovering.

Friday, November 6, 2009

When you are touched

It been sometime since my last post. There are several things I have a need to talk about. One is, I have a short tutorial on shading I will be putting up. But, if you really want an in depth class on it, I highly suggest you take Pam Carriker's class "Shades of Gray" on It really is a wonderful class.

The other thing that I would like to say is the shooting at Fort Hood in Texas is such a waste and a tragedy. If you don't want to go to war DO NOT SIGN UP!!! People, that is what the military is for. Sorry but that is the simple truth. They are there to keep us safe. That means war will come up. It breaks my heart that this would happen. My prayer and thought are with you and your families.

Now to the main reason for this post. There is a dear friend of mine named Elena. We got to know each other through several groups I am on. Then I was lucky enough to meet her face to face in Port Townsend, WA at a Teesha Moore workshop. Once we got there it was as if we recognized each other. As if we had been friends forever. This has only happened one other time for me. I do not make close friends easily. But, Elena well she is just the most special person. Right now she and her family are going through a very heart breaking journey with her father. He has been diagnosed with cancer. It has spread through his entire body.

I have gone through this with my nephew Heath. I understand the heartbreak, the helplessness. The knowledge that your love and support will not fix this. Saying this I also can say that my pain is very different from Elena's. I have come to believe that even when you go through the same experience the pain for each of us is different and very personal. So I want to ask each and everyone who reads this to please keep her and her wonderful family in your thoughts and prayers.

There is a wonderful group Elena and I are part of. It is called Soul Journaling. It was put together by Sarah Whitmire. She came up with a very loving and supportive idea. It was for everyone to send Elena a card with "soul journal love". I want to share my contribution. I decided not to do a card. I have a couple lovely pictures of her family and wanted to incorporate them. The art piece below is my vision of comfort for Elena.

If you have a minute take time to drop by Elena's blog and give her a word or two of support, I know she would greatly appreciate it.